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Assistant Professor, Indigenous Sociology, Department of Sociology

Job ID: 18906

Updated: September 11, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Scoiology in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in Indigenous Sociology. This position aims to foster sociological, inter-disciplinary and collaborative research, education and outreach by building on Indigenous knowledges, cultures, traditions and experiences developed among, and in partnership with, First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Area of specialization is open. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020. 

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an active research program in sociology, teach a broad range of graduate and undergraduate courses, contribute to the graduate program, participate in the affairs of the department and faculty, and engage with the wider community. The candidate will be required to teach either Introductory Sociology or at least one of the core courses in research methods, sociological statistics or sociological theory. Applicants should identify which of these courses they feel qualified to teach. 

The position requires a PhD in Sociology. All but dissertation (ABD) will be considered if close to completion. The successful candidate will carry out research and teaching that are informed by Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies, pedagogies, methodologies and knowledges. The successful candidate will show evidence of using these approaches in course delivery. Candidates may demonstrate research excellence through community-engaged research projects and Indigenous methodologies leading to peer-reviewed publications, a strong record of research productivity, and a proven track-record of (or potential to) successfully secure research grants. Evidence of excellence in teaching should be demonstrated via a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and general approach to student mentorship and graduate supervision). Preference may be given to candidates who have experience and expertise in advancing projects with Canadian Indigenous communities. Preference may also be given to candidates who can teach sociological statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Department of Sociology is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration both within the academy and with community partners. For more information about the Department, please visit:

All applications must be received by November 8, 2019.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

•    Letter of interest and curriculum vitae,
•    A statement of teaching philosophy and a teaching dossier (including, if possible, two sample syllabi,  two sets of course evaluations and evidence of teaching experience with Indigenous content),
•    A statement of research interests
•    No more than two samples of scholarly work
•    Names and contact information for three referees, along with the written permission of the applicant for the Chair of the Selection Committee to contact the referees for letters of reference which will be shared with the members of the hiring committee.
These materials should be addressed to:
Dr. Fiona Nelson, Department Head
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Anisha Karia-Venugopal by email (

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 



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